In a surprise move, former national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday that he would be willing to testify in impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump if called to do so.
He said, "I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify". Overall, the president's approval rating dipped to 47% and his disapproval mark his 53%.
The speakers applauded Murkwoski for comments she made to KTUU that she was "disturbed" by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's pledge for "total coordination" with the White House for the Senate impeachment trial. "They're hoping that the Senate will make their case for them. Those articles of impeachment are very thin".
Pelosi did not provide any clues about her next steps Monday.
So far - at that moment, he was unsuccessful in convincing President Trump to do that.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says that if Pelosi doesn't act soon, the Republican-led Senate needs "to take matters in our own hands".
U.S. President Donald Trump waves, with first lady Melania Trump next to him, as they walk on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, January 5, 2020.
Last month, the House of Representatives voted for only the third time in history to impeach the president.
Napolitano was referring to un-redacted emails obtained by Just Security that show White House officials telling the Pentagon that the Ukraine aid freeze was ordered directly by Trump. Read Bolton's full statement here.
According to The Hill, McConnell has the votes to keep the Senate trial short, meaning new witness testimony and documents would not be included. The Democrats needed four Republicans to vote in line with them in order to call witnesses. "He has first-hand information", Senator Mitt Romney of R-Utah told reporters. "So, there's a lot of people that want to hear a lot of things but you got to get to the first step first".
Other Republicans downplayed the possibility of calling Bolton in the process.
"Our job is to vote on what the house has passed and not to conduct an open-ended investigation", tweeted Rubio. No Republicans voted for either of the two Articles.
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.) defended the resolution in a statement on Monday, saying that the founders did not envision the eventuality of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refusing to send articles of impeachment to the Senate.
Democrats have been pressing for Bolton and three senior administration officials to testify as part of the Senate trial. They also like Trump's ultra-conservative judicial appointments - both to the Supreme Court and the federal courts - ready to restrict abortion access, curb LGBTQ protections, block environmental regulations and worker's rights, and undo federal regulations.